Playa del Carmen
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Our most recommended Playa del Carmen Shore Excursions

  • From Tulum: Sian Ka'an Half-Day Tour

    1. From Tulum: Sian Ka'an Half-Day Tour

    The ancient Mayan ruins of Muyil in the middle of the Sian Kaan Jungle Reserve look like something out of an old Indian Jones movie. Here, you will discover the incredible history of this ancient civilization, as you wander through the ruins. Muyil was one of the earliest and longest inhabited ancient Maya sites on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, and artifacts have been found here dating all the way back to 350BCE! On our day together, we will walk through this inspiring eco-preserve to the highest point in the Sian Kaan reserve, where we can gaze out at unblemished jungle that is filled with hundreds of species of birds, plants and animal life. After our hike, we will enjoy a boat ride through the trading canals of the ancient Maya civilization and visit the Maya temple of Xlapak. Here, you can gaze at the detailed facades of these old ruins, located at the bottom of the ri...

    This was highlight of our trip. Valeria did a great job as our guide. The lunch they provide was delicious and with great view.

  • Riviera Maya: Sian Kaan Boat Trip Adventure

    2. Riviera Maya: Sian Kaan Boat Trip Adventure

    Punta Allen is a picturesque and perfect place to park yourself on a 3-hour boat tour! Here explore the local lagoons and come face to face with the incredible wildlife of this region. You'll have the chance to see beautiful birds and maybe even the chance to see wild dolphins and sea turtles that live in these waters! On our 3-hour tour, also stop at the 2nd largest coral reef in the world, where you can jump out of the boat and enjoy a pleasant snorkel adventure (subject to sea conditions). You'll be amazed at the colors of this still very healthy coral reef and the varieties of fish are absolutely stunning. The reef system is home to more than 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of mollusk and more than 500 species of fish. After your snorkel, head to the beach, where the picture perfect sandbar awaits. Here enjoy a delicious Caribbean lunch of fresh fish and fruit before heading...

    Lea was SUCH an amazing guide. We had a fantastic time and saw lots of wildlife. We recommend the tour very much!

  • From Playa del Carmen or Tulum: Coba Full-Day Tour

    3. From Playa del Carmen or Tulum: Coba Full-Day Tour

    Explore the vast Coba Mayan ruins, a national archaeological site where you’ll be amazed at the sheer size of this important Mayan city. You’ll be picked up at 09:00 in either Playa del Carmen or Tulum for the 3 hour drive to the site. Marvel at the graceful, impressive structures that have been unearthed. The ruins are unique in that there has been very little restoration, and only a few of the site’s estimated 6,500 structures have been uncovered so far. Climb the 120 stairs to the top of the Grand Pyramid. It’s well worth the effort, and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views over the jungle. After touring the ruins, you’ll visit a Mayan village to experience the lifestyle today. Lunch is included during the tour.

  • Snorkeling & Underground Cenotes Half-Day Tour from Tulum

    4. Snorkeling & Underground Cenotes Half-Day Tour from Tulum

    This half-day tour takes you on a wonderful journey into the mysterious world of the Mexican cenotes, an interconnected network of limestone sinkholes that are sacred to the Mayans. Venture into the world of the unknown, deep in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula as you follow the cave path into an area once reserved for special offerings to the gods. Shine your flashlight deep into the cave and follow the stream down into one of the area's best cenotes. These natural limestone sinkholes make for incredible freshwater swimming opportunities, with refreshing waters that gently wash over you. Return to ground level and head for the Caribbean Sea to enjoy a snorkeling adventure in one of the largest reefs in the world. You will swim with schools of brightly colored fish, squid, rays, lobsters and maybe even a dolphin or two. Look out for the region’s famous and lovable sea turtles. You ...

    Amazing tour and incredible guides. Highly recommmend for anyone who wants a cenote tour without the crowds.

  • Cancun: Marine Turtle Observation in Akumal

    5. Cancun: Marine Turtle Observation in Akumal

    Come and snorkel with sea turtles in the second largest coral reef in the world. Snorkel in a natural protected area, Akumal, which is Mayan for place of the Turtles. Akumal is a cozy little beach community located 75 miles (120 km) south of Cancun along Mexico’s Caribbean Coast. The protected area of Akumal is home to many animals like the marine turtles. The marine turtles come near the beach of Akumal and you will get the chance to see them up close. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of a cenote, a natural swimming hole. These natural swimming pools form when limestome bedrock crumbles away, revealing pristine streams beneath. Itinerary: 07:00 Latest pick-up at your hotel in Cancun (8:00 Playa del Carmen and 08:45 Tulum). 09:00 Snorkel in Akumal, a natural protected area and enjoy the sea turtle observation wi...

  • Punta Laguna and Coba Day Trip

    6. Punta Laguna and Coba Day Trip

    Above you, a monkey is playing high up in the treetops. In the distance, you hear bird calls and the buzz of friendly insects keeping this lush jungle alive. At the natural reserve and monkey sanctuary of Punta Laguna, you will co-exist with this amazement of nature, and enjoy a peaceful and active day enjoying this stunning reserve. Your specialized guide will take you to the archaeological site of Coba, one of the most important of the region. This Pre-Columbian Maya civilization is surrounded by two beautiful lagoons, and a series of elevated stone and plaster roads which radiate from the central site to various smaller sites near and far. Here you can explore several large temple pyramids, some reaching as high as 138ft (42m) in height! We also have the chance to cool off in some of the most beautiful cenotes (sink-holes) this area has to offer. Afterwards, we can enjoy typical May...

    We had a great experience biking around the Coba ruins, visiting Manuel's home and animal rescue area, swimming in a cenote, zip lining, canoeing, and seeing Monkeys. Our guide, Santi, was excellent. A kind and open soul with a passion for the earth and people.

  • From Cancun and Riviera Maya: Bull Shark Dive Experience

    7. From Cancun and Riviera Maya: Bull Shark Dive Experience

    Feel an adrenaline rush while observing one of the most imposing and important creatures of the Yucatan Peninsula: bull sharks. Dive with a professional instructor who will guide you through every moment of the experience. Start your adventure by being picked up at your hotel, then get taken to Playa del Carmen where you will take a boat to start the dive. Once at sea, enjoy beautiful views of the Mexican Caribbean and then get ready to jump into the water and observe the bull sharks. Before diving, get instructions from a professional instructor. You’ll be prepared for the moment when the sharks see your group and when they get curious and approach. After diving, get taken back to land to be dropped off at your hotel.

  • Riviera Maya: Puerto Morelos 4-Hour Bird Watching Tour

    8. Riviera Maya: Puerto Morelos 4-Hour Bird Watching Tour

    Enjoy an amazing bird watching experience in the Mayan jungle, and observe a wide variety of bird species at the Botanical Gardens of Puerto Morelos. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Cancun or Playa del Carmen at 06:00 (07:00 for hotels in Tulum), transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Puerto Morelos to observe unique birds on a hike through the jungle. Certified naturalist guides will provide interesting information about the Yucatan Peninsula's different bird species, as well as the area's ecosystems along the way. Migratory birds can be found in Mexico twice a year. As they escape the cold winters of the north, they cross the Gulf of Mexico on a journey of some 800-1,000 kilometers. The Yucatan Peninsula is the first stop on their journey to Central America, providing a unique opportunity to see them at rest in and around Puerto Morelos. A portion of the profits from this tou...

    José Gill an excellent guide and birder. It’s a long trek but at a good pace. About 45 species seen. Highlight seeing a red capped manakin. Take lots of water. Mosquitoes are plentiful!

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What people are saying about Playa del Carmen

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 82 reviews

This was an amazing tour! Carlos was our guide and he was so incredibly knowledgeable about Mayan/ Mexican history. the "lazy river" was one of the coolest things we've ever done! Really loved Mexico Kan Tours company- did another trip with them!!!

The whole experience was really good!Our tour guide Nico was very informative and enthousiastic,we really enjoyed our activity with him and the floatation was simply amazing!!An activity you cant miss!!

This was highlight of our trip. Valeria did a great job as our guide. The lunch they provide was delicious and with great view.

Valeria was super friendly and knowledgeable. She took joy in sharing it with us and we had a wonderful time!

Amazing tour and incredible guides. Highly recommmend for anyone who wants a cenote tour without the crowds.